Mini Coopers at the Olympics

00 mini cooper rc olympics 1343921764 560x372During tonight’s late night Olympic coverage, we noticed a mini Mini Cooper sitting along the sidelines of the discus event. Then sure enough, they showed it on-screen, as the judges utilized it for Discus transport :

We look to Autoblog for more information :

While the notion of using a Mini Cooper to retrieve thrown javelins, hammers, shot and discuses at the London Olympics might not seem like the world’s most natural pairing, we can’t ignore the inherent cheek and charm in using radio-controlled cars for an otherwise unremarkable chore.

Dubbed “Mini MINI,” these three electric R/C Cooper hatchbacks are rendered in about 1/4-scale – necessary to ensure adequate payload capacity for up to eight kilos (nearly 18 pounds). That’s enough carrying capacity to lug around a hammer, a discus, a shot or a pair of javelins. The cars’ large scale also helps them pack the larger battery arrays that Mini says are necessary to run them for 35 minutes (before being down for 80 minutes of charge time). The models are painted blue with orange Olympic livery and white roofs, and they even have working headlights.

Honestly that is one of the coolest instances of product integration that I ever remember seeing. I wonder if they’ll auction off these awesome electric Coopers after the games? Those aren’t the only Mini Coopers being used at the Olympics though. We found this video of Coopers being used as Fire Engines in the Olympic Park :

Philip Van der Vossen

Editor at Gunaxin
Philip Van der Vossen is the Editor of Gunaxin, a Men's Lifestyle Magazine that was established in 2008. Philip also created and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media.

Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.
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